Whether you have a high school diploma, a college education or something in between, there are plenty of work opportunities available across the state. KSL Jobs has thousands of listings, from accounting to sales to construction. We take a look at what jobs are most in demand in Utah and Idaho and some skills you might need to fill them.

Build it

The most needed jobs in Utah are in construction and skilled trades. If you can wield a screwdriver and don’t mind physical tasks, there are hundreds of possibilities. Among them are jobs such as:

  • Heavy equipment operators
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Roofers
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters

Most of these jobs require a high school diploma or equivalent. General construction laborers learn on-the-job, so it’s a great opportunity if you don’t have much experience. Some of the more technical jobs, such as electricians and plumbers, require a certification from a trade school. Many of these jobs are physically demanding and may require bending, reaching and crawling. 

If you will adhere to safety rules, can read and interpret information easily, have sound judgement and are dependable, this might be an excellent field for you to pursue. Because construction and skilled labor is usually in high demand, you can plan on a steady, reliable income.

Heal it

Health care positions are some of the most in demand jobs in Idaho and Utah. You’ll find an abundance of openings for registered nurses or licensed practical nurses on KSL Jobs. Those positions require a college degree in nursing. Dental hygienists — who must graduate from an accredited program — are also in high demand. Many positions such as these have somewhat flexible schedules, and you may be able to choose between full- or part-time work.

If you love helping people but don’t have a college degree, look at jobs for caretakers or dental assistants. Those will usually include on-the-job training, so you can earn while you learn. 

If you are naturally friendly, know how to organize and are patient, consider working as a dental or medical office receptionist. These jobs don’t usually require any additional education, although you may need to learn related terminology. 

Fix it

If you prefer working on inanimate objects, try the automotive industry, another category of high demand jobs in Utah. You don’t need to be a mechanic, although there are plenty of openings for those. If you just want to get your hands on some beautiful models, apply to be an auto detailer. 

Want to specialize? Apply to be a sales lot technician, where you’ll inspect and care for vehicles. Love to get into the nitty gritty? Be a lube or tire technician. Most of these spots include on-the-job training. Bonus points if you took auto shop in high school. 

Serve it

More interested in filling human bellies than metal ones? Find a job in the restaurant and food industry. If you’ve tried eating out on a weekend, you know that there is a shortage of people to both take your order and prepare it. Possible positions include:

  • Head chef
  • Line cook
  • Barista
  • Server
  • Host
  • Busser
  • Dishwasher
  • Bartender 

Get your food handlers permit and start applying at cafes and restaurants near you. You’ll likely need to work weekends and holidays. But, you will have uncapped income thanks to tips.

Try it

Just not sure what kind of job you’d like? Try the Other category on KSL Jobs. Here, you might find something you hadn’t considered. Listings have included unique positions such as:

  • Hiking guide
  • Dog nanny
  • Sewing specialist
  • Aircraft detailer
  • Sleep study participant
  • Sign spinner
  • Plant watering technician

This popular category includes a wide variety of listings, which could prove to be exactly what you didn’t know you were looking for.

Need a particular salary? Want to work in a specific field? Desperately seeking part-time work? Have no ideas at all? Search KSL Jobs to learn what jobs are in high demand in Utah. You can narrow down your search by a category or keywords, as well as location, salary range and education level and/or experience. Once you’ve found the one (or two, or five), you can apply right from the listing.